The following Ahflin account of the creation of the world is taken ["from the sixth
volume of the Journal of the Bengal Asiatic Society. The original, in the Ihom char-
acter, is given on plate VI of that volume, but is so incorrect that a satisfactory repro-
duction is impossible, A transliteration and translation by Major P. Jenkins is given on
pp. 980 and ff. of the same volume, on which the following is based.
The extract is interesting, but possesses many points of difficulty, some of which I
have failed to elucidate in a manner satisfactory to myself. The order of the words is
quite abnormal—the subject frequently coming at the end of the sentence.
FAMILY, TAI GROUP.
AN AHOM COSMOGONY.
Pin-nang ji-mu ran-ko tail pha pai mi din.
Be-thus beginning-time confused bottom heaven not be earth.
Pai mi lup-din 'mung shii taii.
Not l)e island-land land (?) or below-
Lai-chan kup-kup mai tim miing te-jau.
Many-fold layer-layer tree fill country establish-wcts.
Tang-ka khrung pha phraii pai-mi nang hit cbau.
All-all frost sky any not-be sit do master.
5, Khak-khai thiin jin-kun.
Division"division jungle gwet-qwet (/).
K&ng-to ai-mufi (muy)- dai-oi-n| te-jau.
(?) Collect vapour-frost possess-feed-forest establish-was,
Khan (for Maw)-to jaii kau lak pin pha.
Word-only filament spider transform become God.
Na ring ba-chu-mung ti pun te-jau.
Thick thousand fathom-league-country place world establish-was.
TQn-lun ju mu poi ju ban.
Jfterwards-after remain time again remain day.
10, Pha-ko tak-ba ro ml khrai.
God consider-say know become Brahma.
Bau ro phri-dau phan, man haii pin-dai.
Not'know god-dew order him give become-possess.
KhiS(khen) klang ran nang phrung.
Memafa wdMe m-the-air lifa-what a-honey-comb.
Pu nan tang-k$ miing rSm.
O^accomt-qf that all-all country confused.
Phrau pai nang hit chlng,
Anyone not -fiZ* do umbrella.